St-Paul-de-Venice is a mix of orange and brown and exactly the shades I love for Spring and Summer looks! Warm, sultry, and perfectly paired with a golden peach blush!
NARS St-Paul-de-Vence Eyeshadow Duo is a little disappointing as it applies rather strangely. I find the best application is when you use an eyeshadow sponge applicator to apply as applied with a brush I find the colors are very sheer and muted. In particular, the orange-y nectarine color seems to have an unusual texture that applies sheer and patchy unless you press it onto your lid. You might also want to use a cream base for the best intensity as although not dense these colors seem drier and apply sheerer due to that dryness.
Typically NARS is a get what you pay for experience. Sure, there blushes, eyeshadows, etc are fairly expensive but 99% of the time you end up with an incredibly high quality product but I think at $35 that the St-Paul-de-Vence Eyeshadow Duo doesn’t quite live up to the NARS quality I know and love.
NARS St-Paul-de-Vence Eyeshadow Duo
NARS St-Paul-de-Vence Eyeshadow Duo Swatches
The left side of the palette contains the pretty orange-y nectarine shade where as the right as a more medium brown shade that NARS refers to as a chesnut for me it’s more of a lighter bark brown. Both shades displays different properties and finishes. The nectarine was a frost with a bit of a shimmery look where as the brown was a satin. Both shades showed signs of dryness but blended well if not a bit sheerer as I mentioned above. They do need a little helping hand to look their very best and that comes in the form of sponge tip applicators which allow for smooth, intense application as well as a cream shadow base or good primer so colors apply smoothly and vibrantly. On their own I see a bit of patchy dryness and they blend out in a muddy way so it is difficult to tell one color from the other when trying to contrast with the two shades.
This is such a me color duo as I adore shades like this but sadly the formula isn’t quite what I expect from NARS. Formula, application, and wear issues prevents me from raving too hard about this particular color. It’s wearable and do-able in the application department but you shouldn’t need to work this hard with a $35 eyeshadow in my opinion.
NARS St-Paul-de-Vence Eyeshadow Duo is on counters now or grab it online at Sephora.com.